Better podcast ROI data a leading trend: State of Podcast Agencies Report

In a new survey report produced by CoHost with Quill Inc., we learn that developing better podcast ROI metrics is the most predicted five-year trend. The survey queried 46 podcast agencies about their resources, methods, and challenges. There is much more to this meaty report, including reams of quotations. Click through for key takeaways, graphics, and more. Continue Reading


Podcast ad rates rise in May for 3rd consecutive month (Libsyn/AdvertiseCast)

The average cost per thousand (CPM) for podcast ads moved upward in April for the second consecutive month, across all measures of audience size. This according to AdvertiseCast’s monthly tracker, where average CPM for all audience size buckets (1,000 to 100,000+) settled in at $23.04, rising from the March average of $22.10. Click through for a 3-year trend chart. Continue Reading


What is podcast’s return on ad spend? Acast surveys marketers

“Identifying a medium’s return on ad spend (ROAS) is tricky.” That’s how Acast forthrightly introduces its new survey: Podcast’s Return on Ad Spend.To help identify how effective podcasts are on this metric in 2023, Acast Intelligence ran a study with 250 advertisers/marketers who have spent money on multiple podcast campaigns before. Click for multiple results, graphs, and the download link. Continue Reading


Edison’s unique Podcast Metrics product will expand to UK in Q3

Edison Research announced the launch of Edison Podcast Metrics UK, today at the Podcast Show 2023 taking place in London. There are many podcast rankers. But Edison Podcast Metrics claims uniqueness based on its survey model. Click through for the details about that, and a leak of leading podcasts in the UK at this point in the survey. Continue Reading


Steve Goldstein: How Much Impact Will The NY Times Podcast App Have?

by Steve Goldstein

In his latest guest column, Steve Goldstein provides the most insightful and comprehensive analysis of the new NYT Audio app that we have seen (including ours). “There is a virtual mobile graveyard loaded with podcast apps that promised everything from socialization to audio clipping to better recommendations.” Can The New York Times succeed? A must read. Continue Reading


Podcast network Goalhanger goes with Spotify-Megaphone for host-read and DAI advertising

Spotify is reporting that its podtech subsidiary Megaphone has acquired a new client in the Goalhanger podcast network. Goalhanger published non-fiction shows with a focus on history. The network’s website displays eight titles. Goalhanger self-identifies as “the UK’s largest independent podcast company.” Continue Reading


The popularity and politics of podcasts: Insights from Pew Research Center

From a large-scale survey (5,132 U.S. adults surveyed in December), the Pew Research Center has released results about the popularity of podcasts and the habits of listeners. It’s a big study with deep analysis provided by Pew. We cover key takeaways and a couple of nuances. Click for metrics, graphics, and a link to the full study. Continue Reading

YAP Media’s “new era of podcasting” (Podcast Upfront presentation)

YAP Media Founder and CEO Hala Taha kindly sent RAIN News the presentation deck she delivered at the IAB Podcast Upfront last week. YAP Media was founded around the Young and Profiting podcast, created and hosted by Taha. The YAP network has grown to 15 podcasts. The deck is notable for the range of data sources cited across 23 slides. Click for details, selected slides, and a download link. Continue Reading

Google podcast search evolves, and demotes Google Podcasts for listening

In 2019 Google introduced direct podcast playback within Google search results that year. We thought it was a terrific innovation that could significantly grow the “ever listened to a podcast” population in research surveys. In Q1 of this year Google disappointingly (in our opinion) removed that feature from Google Search. We test how Google represents podcasts in mobile and desktop. Click for screenshots. Continue Reading